Disrupting the Status Quo from the Front Lines

Standing in the small waiting room of a crowded neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in Uganda, Yonah, a young nurse with relentless commitment and contagious passion, looks up at the board where newborns deaths have been tallied for the month of August. “This board is a reminder of the progress...

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Telling your story: Preterm Hafsa Gets Kangaroo Mother Care

Nurunnahar’s first daughter was 11 when she became pregnant for the second time. She was having her antenatal check-up done by a doctor at a nearby private clinic. When her gestational age entered 34th week Nurunnahar went into labor pain. There wasn’t any government health facility around her home at...

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Rethinking innovation in maternal and child health in Africa: five case studies

It was a typical yet astonishing scene in Wandi village in northeastern Nigeria: a traditional barber known as a wanzam ceremonially shaved Abubakar Nafisatu’s hair on his seventh day of life, as is the custom there. Then the barber did something not so customary: He stressed to Abukabar’s mother the...

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Pregnant in a War Zone: Why Respectful Maternity Care Matters in Humanitarian Settings

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Betsy McCallon, CEO, White Ribbon Alliance. Respectful maternity care (RMC) is a human right and an integral component of comprehensive health services. Components of RMC include...

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